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Michael Conforto may need shoulder surgery


Yesterday Mets outfielder Michael Conforto dislocated shoulder as the result of a hard swing. It’s worse than just the dislocation, however: Conforto has a torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder and may require surgery. He’ll go and get a second opinion, but it seems likely that the injury has ended Conforto’s season.

It was a good season until now, too. Conforto is hitting .280/.386/.558 with 27 homers and 68 driven in. He made his first ever All-Star team in July.

Tough break. Here’s hoping he’s back to full strength come spring.

Cardinals place Carlos Martinez on 10-day disabled list with oblique strain

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The Cardinals have placed right-hander Carlos Martinez on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, per a team announcement on Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 20. No definite timetable has been set for his return to the rotation yet, but interim manager Mike Shildt told reporters he feels confident that Martinez will only need to skip one start before taking the mound again.

Martinez, 26, sustained the injury while trying to snare a line drive during Thursday’s 9-6 loss to the Cubs. It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for the righty this season, as he lost nearly four weeks to a right lat strain and pitched to a 5.32 ERA after returning to the Cardinals’ roster in early June. Overall, however, his numbers look a little stronger: He’s 6-6 in 17 starts with a 3.39 ERA, 4.5 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 through 95 2/3 innings.

In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever John Brebbia has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis. The 28-year-old Brebbia has already enjoyed three short-lived stints in the majors this season; he currently holds a cumulative 4.13 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, 9.9 SO/9 and two saves in 32 2/3 innings with the club.